Thunder Bay Rail Heads

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Thunder Bay Rail Heads

Founded in 1995

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Team logo

League Cow League (AAA)
Subleague Frontier League
Division East
Bull League Affiliations
Affiliated to Kingston Cannons Kingston-Cannons.png
Team Info
Name Thunder Bay Rail Heads (2016-present)

Previous names Thunder Bay Coalfields (2004-2016)

Winnipeg Frogs (1995-2003)

Previous locations Winnipeg, MB (1995-2003)

Colors Orange, blue, grey


Ballpark Frogs Ballpark
League pennants (1) 2002

Division pennants (3) 2002, 2007, 2009

The Thunder Bay Rail Heads are a Cow League baseball team based in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The team is located in the Frontier League's West division. They are affiliated to the Bull League's Kingston Cannons.

Since forming in 1995, the team has a record of 807-778 (.509), with four playoff appearances.


The team first formed in 1995 as the Winnipeg Frogs, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The team was not popular in Winnipeg until its later seasons there, but in 2004 the club was moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario, and renamed to the Thunder Bay Coalfields.

In 2017, the team re-branded to the current name, Thunder Bay Rail Heads, evoking the strong historic connection between Thunder Bay and the expansive railways connecting east and west in Canada. The team was also moved out of the North-East League and into the Frontier League.

Awards and other achievements

Team Records

For career hitting percentage records, 1,460 plate appearances are required.[1] For career pitching percentage records, 471 innings pitched are required.[2]

Statistic Single season record Career record
Player Record Year Player Record
Batting average Ryan Danton .307 1995 None qualify
At bats Rogelio Cortez 294 2011 Asato Matsumoto 1,276
Runs Leo Gonzales 49 2005 Asato Matsumoto 207
Hits Rogelio Cortez 75 2010 Asato Matsumoto 321
Doubles Justin Guinn 21 2014 Rogelio Cortez 67
Triples Daryl Kirby
Joe Sandow
9 2013
Noah Phillips 23
Home runs Art Sherman 8 1995 Asato Matsumoto 31
Runs batted in Mike Dunn 43 2004 Asato Matsumoto 180
Stolen bases Edmund Ostrom 46 1999 Leo Gonzales 104
Earned runs average Dane Reynolds 2.63 1999 Adam Forman 3.69
Wins 4 tied 8 David Brioso 42
Losses Jeff Kinch
Rayford Mathias
9 1998
David Brioso 47
Saves Bryce Ross
Geoff Murphy
15 2004
Yoshihito Hirai 26
Innings pitched Dave Cassell 103.1 1995 David Brioso 748.0
Strikeouts Doug Gordon 117 2015 David Brioso 646


  1. Thunder Bay Rail Heads Batting Leaders. BNN. Accessed: 19 April 2017.
  2. Thunder Bay Rail Heads Pitching Leaders. BNN. Accessed: 19 April 2017.